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Dept. of Pediatrics > Allergy and Immunology

Allergy and Immunology

5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5044
Chicago, IL 60637

773-834-4010   Phone
773-834-8120   Fax


Christina Ciaccio
, MS , MD
Assistant Professor
Nana Fenny
, MD , MPH
Assistant Professor
Raoul Wolf
, MD
Section Chief

Academic Personnel


About the Section

Our Section is dedicated to caring for children suffering from allergies and asthma, in addition to bronchopulmonary disease.  Research programs bring the latest findings to the community and to medical educational programs.

Clinical Program

The Section provides medical assessments and care plans for children with allergic rhinitis, food and environmental allergies, urticaria and angioedema and allergic rashes and asthma.  Patients are seen at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and at our off-site clinics in Merrillville, Indiana and Palos Heights, Illinois. 

University of Chicago Clinic Locations

Comer Children's Hospital

5721 S. Maryland Ave. 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60637


University of Chicago Pediatric Specialists

8528 Broadway

Merrillville, IN 46410


University of Chicago Pediatric Specialists

7350 W. College Drive.

Suite 102

Palos Heights, IL 60463


Medical students and residents rotate through Comer Children's Hospital.  The Section provides educational opportunities in specialized courses for students and residents, for whom the faculty teach in the Core Curriculum program.  There are opportunities for students and residents to spend elective time in the Section. Complementing education efforts of the Section, Dr. Wolf has authored a book entitled “Essential Pediatric Allergy Asthma and Immunology” which is intended primarily for medical students and residents.


The incidence of allergies and asthma in the general population has been increasing steadily in the 1990's. Even more disturbing, the increased severity of attacks has led to a concomitant increase in mortality.   Dr. Raoul Wolf has approached both the disparities in asthma incidence and treatment by applying a community approach to these problems.    Working with the Chicago Public School system, Dr. Wolf developed and validated a brief screening tool (BPAS+) that can be answered rapidly with a high predictive value for possible asthma.  The BPAS+ has been translated into Spanish and validated.  He has studied more than 30,000 students in Chicago schools in impoverished areas, and has found that 34 percent of African-American students have either diagnosed or undiagnosed asthma, as do 25 percent of Hispanic and 20 percent of white students.

The BPAS+ has been adopted by several investigators in Chicago and other cities.  With co-investigators in Chicago and New York, Dr. Wolf and his colleagues used the BPAS+ as the basis for a five year federally funded study into Ethnic disparities in asthma.  He is co-author on several publications resulting from these studies.  Dr. Wolf also participated in the development of a universal asthma screen.  This project was conducted under the auspices of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology by investigators in Chicago, Dallas, Cleveland and Rochester.  These results have been published, and there are plans to roll out the screening tool on a national level.

Dr. Wolf has also collaborated on the genetics of asthma, and is a co-author on publications which approach asthma susceptibility through genetics. 

Visit the Comer Children's Hospital website for more information about our pediatric allergy and immunology clinical care services.